The Contest to Nourish Man
Rain and snow out of season have played havoc with crops in eastern France. This has led to food shortages and in particular... bread shortages. Remember that bread is considered one of the essentials like water and shelter. About 50% of one's income goes to buying bread. Thus, when there is a shortfall or crop failure, the price of bread goes through the roof. It's been happening so regularly that a guy can never get ahead. In order to solve this problem, one of the eastern cities puts on a contest to generate new food ideas. A fellow named Parmentier wins with the potato. He got the idea after being forced to eat potatoes as a prison-of-war. Currently, cultivating potatoes is illegal in France because it is thought to cause disease. Parmentier is going to turn that attitude around, and a lot more.  
The Privileges of a Princess, a King and a President
Antoinette is the young daughter of the Holy Roman Empress, Marie Teressa. Antoinette received a proposal of marriage from the young Mozart. The insolence of a commoner was forgiven because of his excellent musical performance and frankly, protocol was fairly loose in the court of the Empress. However, Marie Teressa is coldly calculating in marrying off her children to secure political alliances. Her most important scheming is bent toward marrying off Antoinette to the heir apparent of France... the future King Louis 16th (The Desirable). The hope of the Empress is to control France through her daughter. The proposal finally comes through this year and by next year the couple will be married. Antoinette is all of 14 years old. She will be known as Marie Antoinette in France. 
The Virginia Assembly is Hereby Dissolved
After the imposition of the Townshend Acts, Samuel Adams sent out a circular letter (like a "circular" in the modern day but more official) to all the colonial legislatures asking for support in protesting these illegal and inappropriate Acts and asking for King George the 3rd to rescind them. When the Secretary of State for the Colonies demanded that the circular letter be revoked, the General Court of Massachusetts deadlocked on the issue, 69 to 69 so the Massachusetts governor (a King's man) dissolved the court, and called British troops into Boston to quell the riots. Now the Virginia House of Burgesses (their legislature) have passed several resolutions in support of Massachusetts. This has infuriated the Virginia governor (a King's man) and he dissolves the assembly of the Virginia House of Burgesses whose membership includes Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. No worries, though. Most of the real politics gets done in the taverns anyway. (Really.)   
This Year in Wikipedia
Year 1769, Wikipedia.
- 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. Knopf. ISBN 9780307265722. “When unseasonable rain and snow in 1769 and 1770 led to crop failures in parts of eastern France, a local academy announced a competition for 'Plants that Could in Times of Scarcity be Substituted for Regular Food to Nourish Man.' Five of the seven entries touted the potato. Parmentier's essay, the most impassioned and well documented, won the competition. It was the beginning of his career as a potato activist.”
- Antoine-Augustin Parmentier - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 18 April 2016. “Antoine-Augustin Parmentier (Montdidier August 12, 1737 – December 13, 1813) is remembered as a vocal promoter of the potato as a food source for humans in France and throughout Europe. His many other contributions to nutrition and health included establishing the first mandatory smallpox vaccination campaign (under Napoleon beginning in 1805, when he was Inspector-General of the Health Service) and pioneering the extraction of sugar from sugar beets. Parmentier also founded a school of breadmaking, and studied methods of conserving food, including refrigeration.”
- Fraser, Antonia. Marie Antoinette. N.A. Talese/Doubleday. ISBN 038548948X.
- Lever, Evelyne. Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France. Farrar Straus Giroux. ISBN 9780374199388.
- Alex Shrugged notes: This all comes from my memory. I am glad to be corrected, but I think I am correct.
- Townshend Acts of 1767. landofthebrave.info (2016). Retrieved on 19 April 2016. “The Virginia Resolves of 1769 were resolutions passed by the Virginia House of Burgesses. Parliament had asked the king to have colonists, accused of certain crimes including treason, brought to England for trial. The Virginia Resolves of 1769 asserted that: No colonist should to be sent to England for trial Only the colonists had the right to tax the colonists The colonists had the right to petition either by themselves or with the people of other colonies”
- Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. Simon and Schuster, 356-357.
- Resolves of the House of Burgesses, Passed the 16th of May, 1769. Encyclopedia Virginia.org (1769). Retrieved on 19 April 2016. “A resolution passed in secret session by the House of Burgesses on May 16, 1769, directly challenges Parliament's right to tax the people of Virginia”
- Thomas Hutchinson (governor) - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 19 April 2016. “In Massachusetts the arrival of ships carrying tea in November 1773 brought about a crisis, since duties were to be paid on dutiable cargo within twenty days of a ship's arrival. Hutchinson and his sons were among the businessmen to whom the company had consigned its tea, although Hutchinson disclaimed any official role in the choice of consignee. Other cargo was unloaded from the ships, but armed protestors patrolled the docks to ensure the tea was not landed. Hutchinson took a hard line, refusing to allow the tea ships to leave the harbour despite city-wide protests that the tea be sent back to England, and insisting that the duty be paid and the tea landed. When the twenty-day deadline arrived on 16 December, protestors (some in Indian disguise) boarded the ships that night and dumped the tea into the harbour.”